Distrust of local police confirmed when they fail to arrest a white sniper
The distrust the students felt for the Wilmington Police Department was reinforced on Saturday, February 6. When a sniper began shooting at the African American students, the police claimed they could not find a firearm rather than arresting him.
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Oral History Interview with Kojo Nantambu, May 15, 1978. Interview B-0059. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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On Saturday it started off with this white man on the corner of Fifth and
Nun Street sniping. Everybody moved on that block of the church, he
sniped them, tried to shoot them. So they kept calling the detectives,
the sheriff to check this house out on the corner. The police went up
there several times and every time they went in,
they came out. They said nobody didn't have no gun, and every
time after they left, the white man kept on shooting. We just thought
from that point on, "Well, the pigs are working with them. They
ain't looking out for our interest.